COVID-19 rapid test

COVID-19 rapid test

Information about free test options

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Here you will find the most relevant information about free test options:

Last updated: 2020-04-29

When can I take a free rapid test (antigen test) or a guided self-test?

Whether you have symptoms or not, you are entitled to a free rapid test or guided self-test at least once a week.  

Procedure if you have no symptoms of COVID-19 illness

1. Even if you have no known symptoms of COVID-19, you can make a free appointment for a rapid test or guided self-test. To do this, you must call the telephone number: 116 117 or search for a recognised test centre, pharmacy or aid organisation that offers free tests on the website of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in your federal state. The respective page for Baden-Württemberg is available here.

2. Carrying out a free rapid test (antigen test) or a guided self-test

3.You will receive the result after just a few minutes, including a certificate.

4. With a negative test result, in some cities you are allowed to use services that are otherwise prohibited during the lockdown. For example, a visit to the hairdresser.

5. After a positive test result, you are obliged under the Corona Regulation to be retested by means of a PCR test. It is not enough to simply do another self-test or antigen test in this case. To do this, you can call the telephone number: 116 117 and make an appointment. This test is free of charge for you.

Procedure in case of typical symptoms for a COVID-19 illness

1. If you already have known symptoms such as fever, pain in the limbs or a cough, please contact specialised practices, fever outpatient clinics or the test centres of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung). They are available at the phone number: 116 117. You can make an appointment here. Alternatively, you can make an appointment on the respective page of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in your federal state, e.g. Baden-Württemberg here.

2. Carrying out a PCR test

3. You will receive the result a few days after your appointment. Until you receive the written result, you are obliged to stay in domestic quarantine.  

4. With a negative test result, in some cities you are allowed to use services that are otherwise prohibited during the lockdown. For example, a visit to the hairdresser.

5. If the result is positive, you will be called by a health officer. They will discuss the further procedure with regard to an extension of the isolation, contact tracing or a second test with you.  

The result of any test, whether it is a PCR test, rapid test or self-test, always represents only a snapshot. Compliance with the “AHA rules” (distance, hand washing, everyday mask) is therefore important even if the test result is negative.  

Where can I take a free rapid test (antigen test) or a guided self-test?

You can take a free rapid test (antigen test) or a guided self-test in many test centres and pharmacies in your vicinity. Important: Only make use of this option if you don’t have any symptoms. You can find out about municipal test centres from your municipality. The Chamber of Pharmacies of your federal state publishes an overview of pharmacies that offer testing according to the testing ordinance. They can be found here.  

In addition, free tests can also be carried out by selected doctors and aid organisations. You can find an overview on the website of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in your federal state, e.g. for Baden-Württemberg here. 

If you already have symptoms, please contact specialised practices, fever outpatient clinics or the test centres of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. They are available at the phone number: 116 117. You can make an appointment here. Or on the respective page of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians of your federal state The page for Baden-Württemberg can be found here. 

 

What types of tests are available?

PCR tests:

Rapid antigen tests:

Self-tests:

Which test is used when?

The PCR-test is still used for diagnostic purposes, i.e. to clarify whether a person has an infection with SARS-CoV-2 or to verify a positive rapid or self-test.  

Rapid antigen tests are currently used mainly in care homes, hospitals and schools. In addition, every citizen can be tested at least once a week with a rapid antigen test. The tests are carried out in test centres in your city. but also at many pharmacies or doctor’s practices. The costs for these tests are borne by the federal government. If your test result is positive, it must be confirmed by a PCR test.

Please note that all test results are only a snapshot. Therefore, it is important to follow the known “AHA rules” (distance, hand washing, everyday mask) even if the test result is negative.

Last updated: 2020-04-29

 

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